At the foot of Mell Fell and benefitting from beautiful uninterrupted views across Blencathra, Great Dodd and the rolling hills of the North Lake District, Beck View is a beautifully appointed detached Lakeland Cottage dating back to the 1800’s but with all the modern conveniences for the perfect relaxing Lake District holiday.
Finished to the highest standard, and with great attention to detail, the current owners have created a welcoming and homely cottage, ideal for families and friends, to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings. With easy access to the open hills, Ullswater and the market town of Keswick, Beck View is ideally placed to explore the Lake District and all it has to offer, whatever the time of year.
With three well-appointed bedrooms, two with ensuite shower rooms, a large family bathroom with roll-top bath and a welcoming open plan lounge with log burner, bifold doors to the deck and garden and a spacious kitchen diner with large family dining table and inspiring vistas; Beck View will continue to host many happy holidays for years to come.
Accommodation in detail
Off road parking is available as you turn into the gravelled courtyard. As you open the front door you will be struck by the welcome of this superb cottage. The triple aspect living room is open plan to the kitchen diner and the windows frame the beautiful views across the surrounding countryside. Comfortable sofas and armchairs are arranged around the log burning stove and Smart TV, a second sitting area links through to the kitchen diner with a modern Morso log burning stove and bi-fold doors that lead to the deck and river beyond. A cosy snug, to the front of the cottage offers a wonderful haven to escape to with a good book, the weekend papers or your favourite programme on TV and even has a games console to entertain younger visitors.
The high-quality kitchen diner is the real heart of the home with a large dining table ideal for everything from hearty family breakfasts through to special celebration dinners. The handmade oak and granite kitchen benefits from a superb traditional country Rayburn with double oven, a large American style fridge/freezer and integrated dishwasher. To the side there is a utility room with washing machine and a cloakroom WC.
Stairs climb to the first floor where there is a choice of three welcoming and beautifully presented bedrooms. The first is presented with a king size bed and complemented by a luxurious ensuite shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC. The second bedroom is a delightful double room with an ornamental fireplace and a spacious ensuite with large shower, basin and WC. The third, a bright double aspect bedroom with stunning views to Blencathra can be presented as either a king size or twin-bedded room (please specify when booking). Along the landing there is a spacious family bathroom which again has spectacular mountain views; there is a feature roll top bath, twin sinks, large shower cubicle and WC.
To the rear of the cottage there is a deck with garden furniture, ideal for a drink and to watch the sun set on a summers evening over the mountains. The garden is landscaped to attract wildlife and runs down to the beck (parents of young children are respectfully reminded not to leave children unattended), to the side of the cottage there is a further lawned area more suitable for children to play.
Beck View is a perfect spot to relax and unwind at any time of the year; there is an abundance of wildlife with resident swallows who return year after year. A red squirrel, wagtails, tits, ducks, pheasants and even a heron are regular visitors. Surrounded by fields, sheep are your neighbours and watching the lambs gambol through the fields in the spring from the sofa with the stove lit is a real treat.
Private parking is available for up to three cars and the owners have made the stable available to provide secure storage of mountain bikes and outdoor gear.
Troutbeck (there are two in the Lake District – and this is the one in the north) is a small hamlet close to the popular village of Pooley Bridge at the northernmost tip of Ullswater. The latter has a selection of village pubs, cafes and shops for the visitors and is popular all year round. The area has a huge selection of footpaths, bridleways and there are walks for all and it is a popular area for mountain biking. Travelling from the central Lakes over the stunning Kirkstone Pass you will drop down into the beautiful glacial carved landscapes surrounding Ullswater, with many quaint villages along its shore line. The areas around the lake provide the perfect place for a restful and relaxed self-catering holiday, with plenty of opportunity for walking, exploring and getting out on the Lake. At the southern end of the Lake you will find Glenridding, a popular little village and an excellent base to explore plentiful challenging peaks but especially Helvellyn and Striding Edge.
Ullswater is thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District, being a serpentine body of water snaking a nine mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain. Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the finest walks and water activities, along with the amenities of the lakeside villages. One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along the eastern shores of Ullswater. Explored from the southern end of the lake, dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Cragg, and Fairfield, you take the path from Glenridding over to the east side of the water. You will be able to ramble all day with a magnificent view always in your sight. For the return journey, board the steamboat from Howtown or Pooley Bridge back to Glenridding.
For those who like getting up high, there are some of the best mountains and fells on your doorstep, the most famous being Helvellyn and the precipitous Striding Edge.
A gentler walk is Aira Force, probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls. The main force falls some 70ft below a stone footbridge - so don't forget your camera.
Getting on the water is easy. You can take a boat cruise on one of the five beautiful steamers in the Ullswater Steamer fleet. They run the boats from Glenridding, with piers also at Pooley Bridge and Howtown. It's a great way to see the lake from a different perspective and well worth taking a camera. Boat hire is readily available, both at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, where you have a varied selection of craft on offer including kayaks, sailing boats and little motorboats, along with hire of fishing tackle and licenses.
Further afield you have Keswick the main town of the north lakes, a bustling market town set between the peaks of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater. An all year round town there are good shops, a host of restaurants and cafes, along with museums, a theatre, cinema and leisure centre. A major attraction for your canine friend is Podgy Paws pet shop, where you can stock up on goodies for your furry companions. At the lake you can take a boat trip or hire one for yourself and explore the shoreline and little bays. For more information on Keswick and its attractions see our links. The market towns of Penrith and Alston lie to the North West on the edge of the Eden Valley and are well worth a visit.
The A591 winds its way from Keswick to Grasmere and on to Ambleside and from there branching off to Coniston and such delights as the Langdale Valley and Hawkshead.
Traditional Lakeland cottage
Superb rural location
Beautiful mountain views from every window
1 Kingsize bedroom with ensuite
1 King size or twin bedded room
1 Double bedroom with ensuite
1 Family bathroom with feature bath
Welcoming triple aspect lounge
Log burning stoves
Bi-fold doors to deck
Large family dining table
Snug with sofas, TV and games console
Fitted oak and granite kitchen
American style Fridge/Freezer
Traditional Country Rayburn with double oven
Utility Room with Washer
Underfloor heating in kitchen and lounge
Deck with outdoor furniture
Wildlife garden with stream and views to mountains and fields
Lawned cottage garden to side
Secure stable for bike storage etc
Parking for three cars
Two pet dogs welcome